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- Print Length: 435 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (June 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2016
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017SCQLBE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Brad Taylor continues to solidify his claim as the best pure action thriller writer out there today....Ghosts of War combines the anticipatory genius of Tom Clancy’s geopolitical tomes with the high-stakes plotting mastered by the likes of Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. A slam bang, read-it-till-you-drop thriller with as much brains as brawn.”—Providence Journal
“In this tenth book featuring Pike Logan, author Brad Taylor will have your heart pounding and your pulse racing out of control.”—Suspense Magazine
“Ghosts of War might not just be Brad Taylor’s best novel but the best thriller of the year.”—ConservativeBookClub.com
“Brad Taylor continues to amaze....[Ghosts of War] uses a bigger canvas than [Taylor] has employed previously, yet his transition is flawless, and is every bit as suspenseful, exciting and believable as his earlier novels. One can almost see the movement in the real world, following what he lays out in exquisite detail, in the next month or even in the next week.”—Bookreporter.com
“Anyone who was a fan of the late legendary thriller author Vince Flynn should read Taylor, the heir apparent to the Mitch Rapp series....Ghosts of War is action packed, fast-paced, and gripping.”—Crimespree Magazine
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“Pike ranks right up there with Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher, and Jack Bauer.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
“Fresh plot, great action and Taylor clearly knows what he is writing about....When it comes to tactics and hardware he is spot on.”—Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Logan is a tough, appealing hero you’re sure to root for.”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
“[Pike Logan is a] feisty, devil-may-care hero.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“Taylor has become one of the very best writers of thrillers with a military and special-ops background...Comparisons to Vince Flynn and Brad Thor are expected and not inaccurate, but Taylor is now in a class by himself.”—Booklist
“Slick, exciting action and credible complexity are the hallmarks of Taylor’s high-caliber thrillers.”—Library Journal
“Few authors write about espionage, terrorism, and clandestine hit squads as well as Taylor does.”—Houston Press
“Action packed....Those who prize authentic military action will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
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To be blunt, this one was a borefest.
Oh yeah, Vladimir Putin is featured.
Honestly, I have never cared for Aaron and Shoshanna and if they are going to be more prominently featured in these books going forward, I may have to move on from this series.
Although the Taskforce is on stand down, possibly forever, Pike and Jennifer still have to make a living with their new front (er real) company that hires out to provide security for "archeological digs." Old friends, Shoshana and Aaron, formerly Mossad, approach them to help recover a priceless Torah that had been stolen by the Nazis, and the chance to recover gold from the fabled Nazi gold trains. During the process, a much more formidable plot comes to light and they find themselves uncovering a WWIII plot involving Putin and the rest of the world. There is a lot of driving to get places before harm comes to the mission members, and a lot of street names that are absolutely unpronounceable and that made it difficult for me (I couldn't read Tolstoy for that reason).
A group of antagonists brings war to the front steps of the White House and finds everyone preparing for the worst by bringing down Air Force One, possibly by accident. Putin is denying all involvement because his oligarchy pals want more real estate, until even they have no stomach for a nuclear war.
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Taylor’s idea for this book comes from a few real articles. First is on a Russian motorcycle gang which played a scary role in the invasion of Crimea. The other is about the Russian State-owned oil company – Gazprom – and its connection to the Bratva ( The mob or the Brotherhood in Russian).
This series focuses on a team called the Taskforce, that operates outside the law but under oversight to protect US interests. Due to the events of the previous book, this unit is decommissioned in this book’s opening scenes. But its members continue working in their cover jobs that are officially established.
Former Taskforce members, Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are hired to get their hands on a historic Torah by their former Mossad friends. They meet Aron and Shosana in Poland. These two couples have a mountain of weirdness around them considering the lives they live.
The main plot developing in the background focuses on Putin. He is shown as the Machiavellian that he really is and tries to increase his power by expanding his territory into the Baltic and the Slavic States. But he needs a reason to attack that can be justified.
Here comes Simon, former KGB turned Bratva boss who reluctantly is Putin’s problem solver. Simon is tasked to stage an attack against a Russian airfield in Belarus and to blame it on Chechen extremists. This way Putin can have a reason to protect his territory by invading his neighbors.
But Simon doesn’t stop there. In order to rid the world of Putin, he stages a series of attacks to bring the USA and the Russian Federation into war to secure the territory under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. One of these attacks brings down the Air Force One with a Surface to Air Missile that kills the US President.
Pike Logan’s job interdicts with Mikhail who is Simon’s right-hand man. This Mikhail is a criminal who was formerly Mossad. Back in his service days, he was the guy who damaged Shosana into the psychotic, crazy, dark-devil that she is today. She faces off against him to come into terms with herself.
Pike and his team along with his Isreali friends go on the trail of finding Simon and Mikhail’s plan and stopping it before World War 3 erupts. Taskforce commander Kurt Hale proves to be a brilliant strategist who mentors the Vice-President’s transition into the role of POTUS and making decisions that could affect the world. The standoff between US and Russian forces are portrayed in a very Clancyesque way. This part is shown in both strategic and tactical angles.
The Taskforce’s Rockstar plane is a treat that comes with the kind of tactical tools and tech that can make Ian Fleming jealous. This book isn’t hero-centric as a plethora of characters take part and are equally responsible for solving the crisis. Some of Pike’s “Pumpkin King” jokes aimed at Shosana are truly hilarious. Her character development from a cold-blooded, crazy assassin into an emotionally struggling person is beautifully done.
This book shows the best way in which Clancy’s style of plotting can evolve and adapt for our current decade’s readers. Taylor has written a fun and informative, crazy but realistic plot and he now has a place in my Top 5 Geo-political thriller writers list.
The action hinges around Russia's aggressive stances, true to current day form, with the Baltic States and Poland key to the story. There's the two Israeli agents we've met before showing up, again with the interesting dynamic between Pike, Jennifer and Soshana. There's a historically significant Torah, plus a lot more such as, oh, World War 3. I won't reveal the plot, as it's a fun thing to unravel as you read.
As with the latest Taylor books, this is a fast, fun read, engaging at every turn, and a delight from start to finish. I really enjoyed this volume in the series, probably more so than the last, and can't wait for the next book. Taylor has become a master storyteller.